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Child Care Leader Salary

Pay for Child Care Leaders in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.13 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.74 per hour and $13.83. Female Child Care Leaders far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Just under a third have medical and dental plans, and close to one-eighth have vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Child Care Leaders is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,034 - $45,958
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MEDIAN: $30,229
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$7.74 - $13.83
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,034 - $45,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.36  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,388 - $32,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Hourly Rate
$7.74 - $13.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.53  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.36  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,388 - $32,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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As Child Care Leaders make advancements in their career path to roles like Director of Child Care, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Directors of Child Care will make $32K annually. With an annual salary of $24K, Preschool Teacher is the most common role for Child Care Leaders to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Daycare Teacher role — which usually pays $20K — is also typical for Child Care Leaders, though less common by comparison.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%